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Further delay in resettling refugee children “appalling” – Bishop Denis Brennan

“I call on Government to act as quickly and decisively as possible in this case to bring these children to safety and shelter” – Bishop Brennan Following further delays to the resettlement of children to Ireland from the Moria refugee camp in Greece, Bishop Denis Brennan, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Immigrants, has issued […]

Church Leaders call for unified political response to address violence and community tensions

Following recent disturbances in Northern Ireland, the Church Leaders Group (Ireland) has written an open letter to political leaders in Northern Ireland, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the European Union.  In the letter Church Leaders: Echo the appeal from local Church and community leaders for political leaders to treat Northern Ireland’s […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin expresses his sympathy to Queen Elizabeth on the death of Prince Philip

I was saddened to hear of the death today of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  Her Majesty the Queen, and all the members of the Royal family, are in our prayers on the death of a much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Prince Philip has been a regular visitor […]

Ecumenical Service in response to riots and street violence across Belfast

This afternoon (9 April 2021) at 3.00pm a short Ecumenical Service will take place at Forthspring on the interface between Springfield Road and the Shankill Road in response to the recent riots and street violence across Belfast.  There will be representation from the four largest denominations, including Bishop Noel Treanor (Diocese of Down and Connor), and […]

Information for media on the funeral liturgy of Anne O’Sullivan RIP

Mass will be live-streamed on At 1.30pm today, the Funeral Mass for the late Anne O’Sullivan RIP will be celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kanturk, Co Cork, in the Diocese of Cloyne.  Father Toby Bluitt PP will be chief celebrant at this Mass which will be concelebrated by Father John Magner CC.  […]

Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor in response to street violence across Belfast 

Sadly, over the past week, we have experienced a return to civic unrest and violence on our streets. These scenes are deeply concerning for all of us who believe in and have worked together for a shared, brighter future for our society. Already, many citizens, including a bus driver and a journalist have been injured […]

Bishops announce initial submission phase of Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland

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Information note to media on the Funeral Mass for Anne O’Sullivan RIP

Father Toby Bluitt, Parish Priest of Kanturk, Lismire and Castlemagner, Co Cork, in the Diocese of Cloyne, has asked the Catholic Communications Office to advise media that the Funeral Mass for Anne O’Sullivan RIP, late of Raheen, Kanturk, will take place at 1.30pm tomorrow, Friday 9 April, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kanturk.  […]

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Easter Vigil 2021

For many, our celebration of Easter this year comes at the end of what seems to have been a very long Lent, many months and still counting. We have been convulsed by the sadness of innumerable deaths and so much sickness as a result of Covid-19.  And we all have been starved of so many […]

‘Easter – the Definitive Answer to Every Lockdown’ – Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for Easter Vigil 2021

I was praying the Stations of the Cross during the week, here in the Cathedral.  For some reason, I was struck by the image of the fourteenth station, when Jesus, having been taken down from the Cross, is laid in the tomb. The image suggested a very small gathering, with only a tiny handful of […]

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